Glum Liberal supporters drowned their sorrows at Scott Morrison‘s concession party – while jubilant Labor faithful went berserk cheering on Anthony Albanese.
Hundreds of screaming devotees packed out the Canterbury-Hurlstone RSL club in the incoming prime minister’s electorate of Grayndler, in Sydney‘s inner west.
Mr Albanese said the country had ‘voted for change’ by voting the Opposition into power for the first time since World War II.
His party was so raucous he even had to tell some over-enthusiastic supporters to ‘behave’.
It was a very different story across town at the Fullerton Hotel, where dejected Coalition supporters commiserated the end of a nine-year-old Coalition government.
Pictured: A lonely Liberal Party supporter watches on as the disappointing results for the Liberal Party roll in
Hundreds of screaming devotees packed out the Canterbury-Hurlstone RSL club in the incoming prime minister’s electorate of Grayndler, in Sydney’s inner west
Liberal Party faithful waited at the Fullerton Hotel in Sydney for Scott Morrison’s concession speech
A Coalition supporter is consoled as the Liberal and National parties surrendered government to the Labor Party
Labor party faithful celebrate Anthony Albanese’s win with hugs and kisses at an election night event in Canterbury
Young Labor members party and celebrate Mr Albanese’s win on Saturday night as he gives his first speech as PM
Former Liberal member Philip Ruddock is among those waiting for Mr Morrison to appear at the Fullerton Hotel
An emotional Scott Morrison embraces his daughter as he gives his concession speech
Scott Morrison delivered a concession speech to heartbroken Liberal supporters after calling Anthony Albanese to congratulate him on Labor winning power for the first time since 2013.
Mr Albanese will become Australia’s 31st Prime Minister after winning at least nine seats from the Liberal Party.
Speaking alongside his wife Jenny and two daughters to the Liberal faithful in Sydney, Mr Morrison said: ‘Tonight, I have spoken to the Leader of the Opposition and the incoming Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese.
‘And I’ve congratulated him on his election victory this evening.
‘I have always believed in Australians and their judgement and I’ve always been prepared to accept their verdicts.
‘And tonight they have delivered their verdict and I congratulate Anthony Albanese and the Labor Party and I wish him and his government all the very best.’
Mr Albanese will become Australia’s 31st Prime Minister after winning at least nine seats from the Liberal Party
A man takes a drink of Albo branded beer at a Labor Party event as he is confirmed as Australia’s 31st prime minister
Liberal Party supporters watch on in horror as they learn that Labor will claim victory
An air of panic cuts through the room at the Fullerton Hotel when Coalition supporters learn the election is lost
Pictured: A couple are devastated by the news that Scott Morrison will lose the election
Silence rings out at the Fullerton Hotel as Liberal Party faithful await the prime minister’s concession speech
Mr Morrison, a Christian who prays every day, paid tribute to his family, saying: ‘I still believe in miracles as I always have.
‘And the biggest miracles as I said three years ago were standing beside me and here they are again tonight with Jenny and my daughters. They are the greatest miracle in my life.’
Mr Morrison said he will step down as Liberal leader at the next party meeting, with Defence Minister Peter Dutton favourite to take over.
There were jubilant scenes at Labor headquarters in Sydney after the party won from Opposition for only the fourth time since World War II.
The teal independents – funded by multi-millionaire climate investor Simon Holmes a Court – decimated the Coalition in Sydney and Melbourne while the Greens also won a seat in Brisbane from the Liberals who suffered an 11 per cent collapse in their primary vote.
Nationally there was a two-party swing of 2.3 per cent from Liberal to Labor with nine Coalition seats looking set to switch to the ALP, including Chisholm and Higgins in Melbourne, Boothby in South Australia, Reid in Sydney and Robertson on the NSW Central Coast.
Labor Party supporters went berserk as they watched Prime Minister Scott Morrison admit defeat
An Anthony Albanese supporter throws her arms up in the air as seat after seat toppled out of the Coalition’s hands
Labor supporters cheered as they celebrated winning power for the first time since losing in 2013
There were jubilant scenes at Labor headquarters in Sydney after the party won from Opposition for only the fourth time since World War II
Nationally there was a two-party swing of 2.3 per cent from Liberal to Labor. Pictured: Labor headquarters in Sydney
Meanwhile, joyous celebrations have erupted at Labor’s official election function, with the opposition on track to form Australia’s next government.
Cautious optimism at the start of the night has given way to widespread celebration at the Canterbury-Hurlstone RSL Club, where the almost 1000-strong crowd erupted after news came through Labor would win the election.
However, it remains to be seen whether Labor would govern as a minority or majority government, due to a large number of crossbenchers set to join parliament.
Anthony Albanese is watching the election results from his Marrickville home, and the Labor leader is expected to address the crowd later tonight.
The crowd at the event burst out into chants of ‘Albo, Albo’, and even chanting ‘yes, WA’ and ‘yes Mark McGowan’, following large swings to the party in the state.
There have been swings to Labor across seats in NSW, Victoria and South Australia, with the opposition taking the electorates of Reid, Robertson, Chisholm, Deakin and Boothby.
Mr Albanese addressed a crowd of excited supporters outside the polling booth in Marrickville promising he would remain ‘one of the people’
Supporters celebrate as initial results come in for WA at the election party for Zaneta Mascarenhas, Labor candidate for Swan
Labor supporters watch early election results at a reception at Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club in Sydney
Hundreds of Labor supporters cheered as the results looked good for the ALP, with Scott Morrison losing power
The success story of the night has come from WA, where Labor is likely to win Hasluck, Pearce, Swan, with the potential for Moore to also fall.
Large cheers also erupted upon results in Dickson, where Labor look set to take the seat off Defence Minister Peter Dutton.
There was also large cries in the room when results flashed up showing Treasurer Josh Frydenberg could also lose his safe seat of Kooyong to independent Monique Ryan.
However, the opposition could still lose some of its Queensland seats to the Greens.
Parachuted candidate Kristina Keneally is also likely to lose in the Sydney seat of Fowler to independent Dai Le.
The decision to parachute her from outside the electorate was deemed by many to be controversial.
Party supporters have said the results were already better than it 2019 defeat.
‘This is the campaign we should have run last time,’ one person said.
Anthony Albanese will become just the fourth Labor leader to lead the party to victory from opposition since World War II.
Celebrations at the official function are set to go well into the night, with many punters also celebrating with the specially made Albo Ale beer.